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CPI(M) thinking about introducing retirement policy in party

Karat’s comments come at a time when questions have been raised in the closed door meet of the party on lack of sufficient democratic atmosphere within the CPI(M). Earlier on many occasions disgruntled leaders have accused the CPI(M) of lack in inner party democracy and a tendency of imposing decisions from the top.

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DDCA row: Virat Kohli comes out in support of Arun Jaitley

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Earlier in the day, Kohli’s former India team-mates Gambhir and Sehwag had also supported Jaitley, saying that he had done a lot of good things for Delhi cricket and for the players.

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Indian Test team captain Virat Kohli on Sunday came out strongly in support of Finance Minister and former DDCA President Arun Jaitley, who has been accused by AAP of turning a blind eye to the alleged financial irregularities during his tenure as head of the cricket body.Jaitley, who headed DDCA for 13 years till 2013, has been accused of not acting on the alleged corrupt activities in the DDCA during his tenure. The AAP government in Delhi has demanded that Jaitley should resign or be “removed” from the union cabinet to enable an independent probe. However, Kohli came out strongly in support of Jaitley.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Grateful to have @arunjaitley ji as the president of our association . He has always wanted to improve the game & help cricketers in everyway,” Kohli tweeted. Earlier in the day, Kohli’s former India team-mates Gambhir and Sehwag had also supported Jaitley, saying that he had done a lot of good things for Delhi cricket and for the players.

Centre provides ease of online but makes going tough for NGOs

Earlier, the NGOs were required to file these details on an annual basis. The NGOs now would be required to place the annual returns and such data quarterly on their website or website as prescribed by the government.

After going on a spree of cancelling FCRA registration of more than 10,000 fake and non-compliant NGOs, the Centre has introduced new set of rules that have made it mandatory for NGOs to upload and file details of foreign contribution received and utilised every quarter.Earlier, the NGOs were required to file these details on an annual basis. The NGOs now would be required to place the annual returns and such data quarterly on their website or website as prescribed by the government.Moreover, the NGOs will be required to bring all FCRA designated bank accounts and utilisation accounts on the online platform of public finance management service (PFMS) of Controller General of Accounts, Ministry of Finance.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The reduction in periodicity has been done to make the NGOs more accountable and introduce transparency, sources said.The amendment to the FCRA rules, 2015 would now require a fresh affirmation from the NGO under Form FC – 4 that foreign contribution is not likely to affect prejudicially the security, strategic, scientific or economic interest of the State.Sources said this has been added as a consequence to the secret IB report that gave adverse comments on several NGOs that had taken anti-mining and anti-nuclear power plant stand during the UPA-II regime.The new rules, however, have made access to all FCRA services much easier as everything would be done online now thereby reducing human interface to a minimum that often resulted in corruption.The revamped FCRA rules offers online filling up of all applications, uploading of documents and even payments of fees through dedicated website – fcraonline.nic.in.Not only applications for new registration, renewal of registration and annual returns would be accepted online now, the digitally signed registration certificates, prior permission sanctions, etc. will also be issued to the applicants through emails. Fee for various services will be paid through a dedicated payment gateway.The condition of applying for renewal one year before the expiry of existing registration certificate for associations implementing multi-year project has been removed in the new rules.The NGOs who do not receive or utilise foreign contribution in a financial year will not be required to submit certificate from Chartered Accountant and audited statement of accounts with annual return.Requirement of seeking prior permission for change of name, aims and objects, address of the association, change of bank/ account, change in governing body members, etc. has also been relaxed to only intimation through FCRA online service.Seeking details of functionaries of the association in annual return has been also been done away with. Secret IB report Sources said this has been added as a consequence to the secret IB report that gave adverse comments on several NGOs that had taken anti-mining and anti-nuclear power plant stand during the UPA-II regime. Launching the new FCRA portal, union home minister Rajnath Singh hoped that the new initiative will offer the genuine applicants seamless services of FCRA with adequate ease and facilitation.

Don’t register new diesel vehicles in capital: NGT tells Delhi govt

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday ordered the Delhi government to not register any new diesel vehicle from now on. The order, probably the first such in India, came from a bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar on a petition by Vardhaman Kaushik.The bench specifically asked the Delhi and Union governments to not buy diesel vehicles. “We direct the government to take a conscientious decision with regard to not buying diesel vehicles, whether by the central or the state government. “We direct all public authorities, corporations, DDA, police and other public departments to prepare an action plan for phasing out diesel vehicles, particularly trucks being used by these bodies,” the bench said. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Tribunal then told the Delhi government and the Centre: be ready with your action plans by January 6. Earlier this year, the NGT had passed an order for condemning 10-year-old diesel vehicles and 15-year old petrol vehicles. In its eight-page order on Friday, the bench said: “As an interim measure, till the next date of posting, subject to hearing all concerned parties, we direct that diesel vehicles of more than 10 years, as already directed, as well as new diesel vehicles would not be registered in NCT, Delhi.” This order, it said, has to be implemented with its earlier ones such as prohibition on burning of waste and dumping of construction waste on roads. The entire government machinery should clamp down on such activities, it said.That’s more green sheen in Delhi.The odd and even of AAP planWhat is even to the Chief Justice of India looks odd to the NGT. The NGT bench on Friday questioned the Delhi government’s odd-even traffic plan. The Tribunal said it has doubts about the efficacy and success of the plan. Only a few days ago, Supreme Court Chief Justice TS Thakur favoured the plan and advised fellow-judges to opt for a car-pool system. Have green belt around schoolsWhile addressing the hazard of toxic air on school children, the NGT said: “In relation to taking adequate measures for preventing air pollution in schools, particularly government and corporation schools, NCT Delhi is directed to submit a proposal for creating green belt, by covering the ground with grass and installing air filters in schools.”

26/11 trial: Mumbai court pardons David Headley, makes him approver

Earlier, the sessions’ court had reserved its order on Mumbai Police’s plea seeking Headley to be made as an accused in the case

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Responding positively to plea of one of the main accused in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case David Coleman Headley, a Mumbai Special Court granted pardon to him. He has been accepted as a prosecution witness. The court agreed to Headley’s plea in return for pardon while imposing certain conditions on him.Earlier, David Coleman Headley, the Pakistani -American LeT terrorist serving prison sentence in the US, on Thursday told a court here that he was ready to depose and turn approver in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack trial if he was given pardon.Headley appeared before the sessions court here through a video link from an undisclosed location in the US. Ujjwal Nikam, the special public prosecutor, told the judge G A Sanap that Headley was ready to turn “approver” if given pardon.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Headley, one of the key conspirators of the 26/11 case accepted the charges in the court. Headley said, ” I accept the responsibility for my role in these offences. I also agree to be available as a witness in this court.” He further told the court, “I appeared here, I am ready to answer to questions regarding this event if I receive a pardon from this court”. Earlier, the sessions’ court had reserved its order on Mumbai Police’s plea seeking Headley to be made as an accused in the case. On October 8, Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam had filed an application before special judge G.A. Sanap, presiding over the trial of Lashkar operative Abu Jundal, that Headley should be tried along with Jundal. Headley, who confessed to his role in the 26/11 attacks to the US authorities, was sentenced to 35 years’ imprisonment by a US court.Headley, accused of conducting a special reconnaissance of targets before the Mumbai terror attack, was sentenced to 35 years’ imprisonment by the US court. He had entered into a plea bargaining agreement with the US government. The horrific Mumbai terrorist attacks on November 26, 2008 had killed as many as 166 persons. With ANI inputs

Sushma Swaraj confirms PM Narendra Modi will visit Pakistan for SAARC meet in 2016

Earlier, Indian officials said Prime Minister Modi’s commitment to attend the SAARC Summit was reflected in the Ufa joint statement.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Pakistan to attend the SAARC Summit likely to be held in September 2016, in what will be the first prime ministerial visit here from India in 12 years. The disclosure of Modi’s visit was made by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj here in yet another indicator of a positive turn in bilateral ties after recent chill. “He will be coming,” Swaraj told reporters when asked if Modi will visit Pakistan to attend the Summit. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the last Indian Prime Minister to visit Pakistan who had come here in January 2004 and attended the SAARC summit besides holding talks with then Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf.Vajpayee’s successor Manmohan Singh did not undertake any visit to Pakistan despite his desire to do so.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier, Indian officials said Prime Minister Modi’s commitment to attend the SAARC Summit was reflected in the Ufa joint statement. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had invited Modi for the SAARC Summit when they had met for a bilateral meeting in the Russian city of Ufa in July. The meeting of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is slated to be held in Pakistan in September next year. Sharif had attended Modi’s swearing-in ceremony in May 2014 which had generated lot of goodwill. However, ties were strained between the two neighbours over border firing and a series of ceasefire violations in the last few months.Talks between India-Pakistan National Security Advisors were cancelled recently because of a dispute over the agenda as India wanted to discuss terror attacks and Pakistan insisted on raising Kashmir. The two National Security Advisors met in Bangkok on Sunday last, where they discussed terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir and a range of key bilateral issues apart from agreeing to carry forward the “constructive” engagement. Swaraj arrived here on a two-day visit to attend a multilateral conference on Afghanistan.In her address at the meet today, she said it was time the two countries display “maturity and self-confidence” to do business with each other as the world was rooting for a change and offered to move cooperation at a pace Pakistan is comfortable with.

Why is AIIMS rejecting Magsaysay award winner & whistleblower Sanjiv Chaturvedi’s donation?

Chaturvedi has long had a troubled relationship with the government due his various anti-corruption activities and a knack for uncovering scams wherever he has been posted.

Alleging ‘humiliating and discriminatory treatment’, Magsaysay award winner and serial whistleblower Sanjiv Chaturvedi wrote to Prime Minister Modi, asking to meet him, as his donations to All India Institute of Medical Sciences has not so far been accepted. Chaturvedi, an Indian Forest Services officer, had pledged to donate the Rs19 lakh cash award to the medical institute for the treatment of poor patients.On 21 September, he had sent a check to be deposited into the account of the Director AIIMS. However, in his letter to the PM, dated 5 December, he wrote that AIIMS had not deposited this amount and the matter had been kept pending on “flimsy grounds”. Chaturvedi cried foul saying that no other donor has ever been questioned, yet in his case, “knowing fully well about my credentials and source of funds, the matter was deliberately referred to Health Ministry, just to negate the contribution.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chaturvedi has long had a troubled relationship with the government due his various anti-corruption activities and a knack for uncovering scams wherever he has been posted. AS the Chief Vigilance Officer in AIIMS, he exposed corruption involving powerful politicians and bureaucrats, which lead to his removal from the post. Earlier in his career, as an officer in Haryana, he blew the lid off several cases of corruption in planting projects in Hisar and Jhajjar, involving officials and ministers in the then Congress state government. The investigation had led to the suspension of nine officers.Such a career may have earned him the Magsaysay Award for his “exemplary integrity, courage and tenacity in uncompromisingly exposing and painstakingly investigating corruption in public office”. However, it led to “harassment” from the Haryana government, many obstacles in trying to change his cadre from Haryana to Uttarakhand as the central government refused to let the transfer go through till the Central Administrative Tribunal, earlier this year forced the Appointments Committee of Cabinet to pass the cadre change order.Chaturvedi reminded the PM of his fraught history in his letter, saying that his simple, “humanitarian” gesture had fallen prey to the “intolerance of the establishment towards honesty and honest civil servants”. He also wrote that his treatment was a “direct result of annoyance of Mr. JP Nadda”, the union health minister and President AIIMS. This, because Chaturvedi had launched an enquiry into corruption cases of one of his “protege officers”, “on whose departmental chargesheet, Health Ministry is sitting for the past one year”. Chaturvedi added that since Nadda became the union minister, things have worsened for him, and his survival depends on “judicial intervention” and the PM’s own interventions. In news Sanjiv Chaturvedi has long had a troubled relationship with the government due his various anti-corruption activities and a knack for uncovering scams wherever he has been posted. As the Chief Vigilance Officer in AIIMS, he exposed corruption involving powerful politicians and bureaucrats, which lead to his removal from the post. Earlier in his career, as an officer in Haryana, he blew the lid off several cases of corruption in planting projects in Hisar and Jhajjar, involving officials and ministers in the then Congress state government. The investigation had led to the suspension of nine officers.

Jessica Lal murder case: Delhi HC seeks status report on Manu Sharma’s plea for parole

Earlier on November 26, the court had issued notice to Delhi government and sought its response on Sharma’s plea.

The Delhi High Court on Monday asked the city government to file its report regarding the status of the application of Jessica Lal murder case convict Manu Sharma, seeking a month-long parole to appear in LLB semester exams. “Delhi government is directed to file the status report regarding the parole application of the petitioner (Sharma) on or before December 10. Jail authorities are also directed to file the nominal role of the petitioner,” a bench of Justice Ashutosh Kumar said.During the brief hearing, senior standing counsel Rahul Mehra, appearing for Delhi government, said that the state government was not opposing the plea of Sharma and it has been forwarded to competent authority that is Lieutenant Governor (LG) on November 5. Senior advocate Sudhir Nandrajog, appearing for Sharma, said that the examination is slated to commence from December 28 but before that Sharma has to appear for two days Personal Contact Programme starting from December 11.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier on November 26, the court had issued notice to Delhi government and sought its response on Sharma’s plea. Sharma, who is undergoing a life term in the murder case, has completed a post-graduate diploma in Human Rights and is now pursuing a Bachelor’s in Law course from Annamalai University, Chennai. He was earlier granted 30-day parole on December 26, 2014 to appear for his post-graduation exams with a condition that he would keep away from the area around the residence of Jessica and her family members.Sharma, son of former Union Minister Venod Sharma, was awarded life imprisonment by the high court in December 2006 for killing Jessica Lall in 1999. The trial court had acquitted him, but the Delhi High Court had reversed it and the Supreme Court had upheld the life sentence in April 2010. Lall was shot dead by Sharma after she had refused to serve him liquor at the Tamarind Court restaurant owned by socialite Bina Ramani at Qutub Colonnade in south Delhi’s Mehrauli.

Chennai floods: DMK chief blames Jayalalithaa govt for ‘delayed’ relief measures

“They have now taken delayed steps to some extent,” he told reporters here and added that “they are satisfying the affected people to the extent possible.”

Hitting out at ruling AIADMK for “delayed” relief measures to flood-affected people, DMK chief Karunanidhi on Sunday said his party has started distributing relief without depending on the state. Stating that he did not wish to blame the government at this juncture when the State was grappling with the aftermath of floods, he said, “they did not take the steps that should have taken in the beginning.””They have now taken delayed steps to some extent,” he told reporters here and added that “they are satisfying the affected people to the extent possible.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier, he inspected relief material deposited by party workers at the DMK headquarters, “Anna Arivalayam” here and instructed functionaries to dispatch them to beneficiaries. “That is why (as the State has taken delayed measures), we have embarked on such relief work without depending on the government,” he said.

Delhi court dismisses charge against AAP MLA Akhilesh Tripathi

Earlier on November 26, Akhilesh Tripathi was held in a 2013 case of rioting and criminal intimidation and sent to judicial custody

Akhilesh Tripathi

A lower court in Delhi on Saturday acquitted AAP Akhilesh Tripathi of a two year old rioting case, reports Janta Ka Reporter. In an embarrassment for the police, the Rohini Court also rapped them for bringing such charges against the Model Town MLA. Earlier, on November 26, Akhilesh Tripathi was held in a 2013 case of rioting and criminal intimidation and sent to judicial custody for a day, the fifth lawmaker of the ruling party to be arrested.In 2013, an FIR was registered against Tripathi, Rahul Kumar, Vikas Mandal, Inder Vikram Singh and Kanhaiya Kumar Jha for alleged offences under Sections 147 (punishment for rioting), 148 (rioting armed with deadly weapon), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object), 323 (causing simple hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Speaking to Janta Ka Reporter, Tripathi said that this verdict should come as a lesson to the Delhi Police. He said that he will ask Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to control the police forces. Tripathi also accused Delhi Police of malicious action.

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa to conduct aerial survey of flood affected areas

Earlier, Jayalalithaa had sought Rs. 2,000 crore for flood relief work. The Centre released a financial aid of Rs. 939.63 crore. Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha members offered to donate a part of their MPLADS fund for rehabilitation and rescue work.

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa will conduct an aerial survey of flood affected areas of Chennai, Kanchipuram and Tiruvallu on Thursday.There is water logging in many parts of Chennai due to heavy rains and normal lives remains disrupted. More than 500 people have so far been evacuated in flood-hit Tamil Nadu by several National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams, claimed OP Singh, NDRF Director General (DG), on Wednesday. “The teams have evacuated more than 500 people so far. Also, we are getting calls, messages from affected people and our teams are responding accordingly,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier, the Indian Air Force (IAF) lifted three NDRF teams from the Palam airport for flood-hit Tamil Nadu on Wednesday evening with relief materials. Earlier, Jayalalithaa had sought Rs. 2,000 crore for flood relief work. The Centre released a financial aid of Rs. 939.63 crore. Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha members offered to donate a part of their MPLADS fund for rehabilitation and rescue work.Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday took stock of the flood situation in Tamil Nadu and discussed it with his cabinet colleagues, including the Home and Finance Ministers. “I want to inform the House that today morning the Prime Minister met the Home Minister, Finance Minister and myself and discussed the flood conditions in Tamil Nadu. We exchanged information on the situation,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said in the Lok Sabha.The Indian Air Force has already deployed two MI-17 choppers at Tambaram and two MI-17s are being moved from Tirupati to Chennai for relief and rescue operations. Five Chetak helicopters are also operating from Tambaram. In addition, four MI-17 – two each at Bangalore and Nagpur – are on standby.The National Disaster Management Authority will coordinate the relief activities on behalf of the Centre. The authority has a round-the-clock Toll Free helpline number 1078 for this purpose.Heavy rains and water overflowing above the danger level at Railway Bridges in Chennai-Gudur section has impacted the functioning of trains following which the South Central Railway (SCR) has cancelled 12 trains and assured full refunds of fare for the same.Meanwhile, Tambaram railway station in Chennai has been turned into a makeshift shelter for the stranded passengers there. Chennai Airport will remain closed till Friday. From Thursday, Chennai bound flights will be landing at INS Rajali Airbase of Indian Navy at Arakonam which is about 60 kilometers from Chennai.

Chennai floods: CPI demands ‘adequate’ financial support

“Earlier in 2005, we had such heavy rains all over the state and many parts were affected at that point of time. Now this is after 10 years that we have got such heavy rains. Unimaginable damage to the houses, infrastructure and roads has been there. Hundreds of people have already died because of rains and flood,” CPI leader D. Raja said.

CPI asks Centre to extend ‘adequate’ financial support
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The Communist Party of India (CPI) on Wednesday urged the Centre to extend adequate financial support to the rain-hit Tamil Nadu, and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit the rain-hit Chennai and the affected districts.”Earlier in 2005, we had such heavy rains all over the state and many parts were affected at that point of time. Now this is after 10 years that we have got such heavy rains. Unimaginable damage to the houses, infrastructure and roads has been there. Hundreds of people have already died because of rains and flood,” CPI leader D. Raja said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”On behalf of the Left parties, we met the Prime Minister and upraised the damage caused by rains in the state and we have also told him that the financial support announced by the Centre is not adequate. Centre should extend adequate financial support to the state,” he added.He also said that it would be proper if the Prime Minister or the Home Minister pays a visit to Tamil Nadu and make an aerial survey of Chennai and the nearby districts. In the wake of the flood alert that has been issued in parts of Tamil Nadu, Prime Minister Modi had earlier spoken to Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and assured full support from the government to the state.Prime Minister Modi had earlier instructed the immediate release of financial assistance of nearly Rs 940 crores to deal with the flood situation in rain- battered Tamil Nadu, hours after Jayalalithaa wrote to him for funds to sustain relief work.Tamil Nadu has been affected by the worst ever flood, causing a huge loss to life and property in the entire state, especially in the capital. Many parts of the city and the suburbs have been flooded from the incessant rains that have hit Chennai in the past 24 hours.The flight operations at the Chennai Airport have been closed for the whole day because of the flooded water on the runway. Twelve trains leaving Chennai Egmore were already cancelled yesterday due to water overflowing on railway tracks between Villupuram – Tambaram section. The Chennai Corporation had yesterday announced emergency contact numbers for all the regional zones in the city for the people to contact in case of any emergency due to the floods.

Dawood Ibrahim has bases in Pakistan; keeps changing location: Govt to Lok Sabha

Earlier, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had told Parliament that the government would leave no stone unturned in bringing back Dawood.

Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim has bases in Pakistan though he keeps shifting his location from time to time, Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday. Inputs available from different agencies suggest that Dawood, a prime accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, has bases in Pakistan and keeps changing his location from time to time, Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary told the House.He said that India has from time to time been apprising Pakistani authorities of details concerning Dawood, including passports and his reported addresses in the neighbouring country, with the request that he be handed over for facing trial here for terrorist activities and other offences.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The government will keep pursuing this matter through different channels to ensure that Pakistan and its agencies fulfil their international obligations in the context of the Red Corner Notice issued against Dawood Ibrahim and the relevant UN Security Council resolution,” he said in reply to a written question.Earlier, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had told Parliament that the government would leave no stone unturned in bringing back Dawood.”The Indian government is committed to bringing back Dawood,” he had said.

National Anthem Row: PVR Cinemas confirms incident took place, staff intervened

Speaking about the controversy, a PVR spokesman said: “PVR Cinemas is fully committed to the policy of equal respect for everyone. According to order of Maharashtra Government, it is mandatory for all cinemas to play National Anthem before every film.”

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Earlier on Monday, a video had gone viral on social media which showed a family being ushered out of a theatre for refusing to stand up when the national anthem was being played. The 2.40 minute video clip shows audience creating ruckus, while a few people questioning the family as to why they could not stand for the national anthem when they can sit for four hours to watch the movie. The incident apparently took place at PVR, Kurla in Mumbai. (Watch: Family thrown out of theatre for not standing up for national anthem)<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Speaking about the controversy, a PVR spokesman said: “PVR Cinemas is fully committed to the policy of equal respect for everyone. According to order of Maharashtra Government, it is mandatory for all cinemas to play National Anthem before every film. Being a law abiding company, like all other cinemas in Maharashtra, PVR Cinemas follows the practise of playing National Anthem prior to every show. On 29 November 2015 there was an altercation between guests at one of our cinemas in Mumbai, our staff intervened keeping in mind the safety of guests and a peaceful environment for all our guests”. (Read: Why Tagore would’ve been ashamed of modern India)

BJP expels Hari Om who had criticised alliance with PDP

Party had served a show cause notice on Hari Om who recently criticised the party’s actions, including alliance with PDP for forming government

Hari Om was expelled “gross indiscipline, anti-party activities and un-repentance for his misconduct”

BJP on Monday expelled senior leader Hari Om from the party’s primary membership for six years after he criticised the party’s actions, including forming the coalition government with PDP. BJP state president and MP Jugal Kishore Sharma expelled Hari Om for “gross indiscipline, anti-party activities and un-repentance for his misconduct” after receiving his reply to a show cause notice issued to him on November 5.”Having received your response to the show cause notice, pertaining to your acts of gross indiscipline and anti-party activities, issued on 05.11.2015 and received by you on the same date, your un-repentance for your misconduct is writ large in your reply,” Sharma said in a letter to Hari Om. “Therefore, keeping in view your anti-party conduct and totally unsatisfactorily explanation, you are hereby expelled from the primary membership of BJP for six years,” he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier, the party had served a show cause notice on Hari Om who recently criticised the party’s actions, including alliance with PDP for forming government in the state, saying it amounted to “gross indiscipline and misconduct”.

Maharashtra sets up panel to examine performance of grade A, B govt officers

The general administration department, in a resolution early this week, has set up a five-member committee headed by principal secretary GAD (services), and comprising members of director general, Information and Public Relations. Sources claim that in last one decade barely handful of officers faced such an action.

Tightening its noose around grade A and B officers aged above 50, the Maharashtra government has set up a committee to examine their performance. The committee is expected to look into their confidential service records and merit them on the basis of performance and integrity. “There is a provision for compulsory retirement, offered to those whose performance has deteriorated with age or lack integrity,” pointed out a senior officer. “This is to ensure that senior officers do not start taking job lightly. It’ll be mild, compared to dismissal and offers all post-retirement benefits,” he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The general administration department, in a resolution early this week, has set up a five-member committee headed by principal secretary GAD (services), and comprising members of director general, Information and Public Relations. Sources claim that in last one decade barely handful of officers faced such an action. As per an existing rule FR 56 (J), which has been rarely enforced, the performance of Group A and B officials who have turned 50 and junior officials who turned 55 must be reviewed and a decision taken whether to compulsorily retire them before they turn 60. Earlier in August, Central government too had formed a similar committee. Citing SC judgments, DoPT had said that “integrity of an employee, action or decisions taken by the employee which do not appear to be above board, complaints received against him or suspicious property transactions, for which sufficient evidence may not be there to initiate departmental proceedings” should be the factors considered to decide on prematurely retiring an officer. “Similarly, reports of conduct unbecoming of a government servant may also form basis for compulsorily retirement,” the DoPT says, citing a 2002 SC judgment that said government has absolute right to compulsorily retire an official who obstructs the efficiency in public services. “The officer would live by reputation built around him,” DoPT says citing another SC order which says conduct and reputation of an officer must not be such that his continuance “would be a menace to public service and injurious to public interest”. “For better administration, it is necessary to chop off dead wood,” says another 2001 SC order cited by DoPT in its letter, saying it should be seen if recent promotions of the officer in last five years were on basis of seniority-cum-fitness and not on the basis of merit.

Sheena Bora case: Court records Indrani’s driver Shyam Rai’s statement

Earlier, Rai had written to the court and had said that he wanted to ‘reveal the truth’ about the case.

Sheena Bora

Shyamvar Rai, arrested driver of prime accused Indrani Mukerjea in connection with the sensational Sheena Bora murder case, has recorded his statement before a court in Mumbai.”The court recorded Rai’s statement under the provisions of Section 164 of Criminal Procedure Code, which unlike a police statement is admissible in court,” a CBI official said on Thursday. The official added that the statement will be sent to the trial judge by the Magistrate who will unseal it and give copies to the lawyers.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We don’t know the contents of the statement as it was recorded in-camera,” he said. Earlier, Rai had written to the court and had said that he wanted to ‘reveal the truth’ about the case. However, Magistrate RV Adone had then not recorded his statement saying that CBI had not followed proper procedures.43-year-old Indrani, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and Rai will be produced in the court tomorrow as their judicial custody expires even as CBI prepares to file the charge sheet against them. On October 31, the trio was remanded to judicial custody till November 7 which was further extended till November 20. On November 3, Indrani had given her consent for voice sample tests to be conducted on her.The CBI had earlier moved an application before the magistrate seeking her voice samples saying that it had got hold of some call recordings which purportedly featured her voice, and therefore a verification was needed.Indrani, Khanna and Rai were arrested in August on the charge of murdering Sheena and disposing off her body in a Raigad forest in April 2012, about 84 kms from Mumbai. 24-year-old Sheena was allegedly strangled in a car, then her body was burnt before being dumped in the forest.Indrani was recently hospitalised after her platelet count dipped drastically. However, doctors at JJ hospital had made it clear that she had not contracted dengue as suspected. On October 2, Indrani was taken to J J from Byculla womens’ prison in an unconscious state, fuelling speculation that she had overdosed on anti-depressant drugs. But the probe by Inspector General (prisons) ruled out the possibility of drug overdose, poisoning or suicide bid.Later, she was discharged and sent back to jail.

Hyderabad: 3-year-old crushed to death in school lift, case filed against management

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In a tragic incident, a three-year-old girl was on Tuesday crushed to death in the lift of a private school where she was studying in Dilsukhnagar area, sparking protests by her shocked family members and outraged public.A case under IPC section for causing death by negligence has been registered against the school management, the police said.The deceased has been identified as Syeda Xainab Fatima, a nursery student.Following this, the school principal and the child’s teacher have been arrested.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As per the preliminary inquiry, the incident occurred at around 9:15 am when a school teacher along with few students was going from ground floor to the third floor of the school. “The girl’s head got stuck on the lower side of the grilled lift and she was crushed to death,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (East Zone) A Ravinder said.”We will further investigate the matter and what are the lapses, that also will be brought on record. A thorough inquiry is underway to determine on how the incident occurred, whose mistake it is, whether that of management or the teacher accompanying the students. Stringent action will be taken against those who committed the mistake,” he said.The school has been closed for now. The District Education Officer has been summoned by the police. It will be examined whether the school management had got the necessary permission (to run the school), the DCP said.”It is a sad incident…Definitely arrests will follow…We are verifying…There is no question of leaving anybody (responsible for the incident),” he said. “We are further inquiring into it. Now we have received a complaint and based on it, a case under section 304A (causing death by negligence) of IPC has been registered against the school management,” Malakpet police station Inspector A Ganga Reddy said.The principal of the school has been questioned. No one has been arrested so far, the Inspector said, adding, “We will take stern action as per the law.” Earlier, the family members of the deceased and other local residents gathered in front of the school and held a protest demanding stern action against its management.

ISIS presence in India is insignificant, says Home Minister Rajnath Singh

Earlier in July, a report had said that the ISIS was preparing to attack India to provoke an Armageddon-like confrontation with the US.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that the presence of the Islamic State group in India is insignificant.The statement comes in the light of increasing concerns about the radicalisation of Indian youths by Islamic State.In September this year, an Indian woman allegedly involved in recruiting people for the terror outfit was deported by the UAE and subsequently arrested in Hyderabad. 37-year-old Afsha Jabeen alias ‘Nicky Joseph’, who hails from Hyderabad, had been portraying herself as a British national while luring youth for IS through social media.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier in July, a report had said that the ISIS was preparing to attack India to provoke an Armageddon-like confrontation with the US. “The document warns that ‘preparations’ for an attack in India are underway and predicts that an attack will provoke an apocalyptic confrontation with America,” the report had said.In May 2014, four youths from Kalyan town — Arif Majeed, Shaheen Tanki, Fahad Shaikh and Aman Tandel — had left India to visit holy places in the Middle East, but disappeared thereafter. However, 23-year-old Arif Majeed from neighbouring Kalyan, who was believed to have been killed while fighting for ISIS in Syria, had returned to Mumbai on November 28.

Foul-mouthed tirade continues: After SRK row, BJP’s Vijayvargiya calls Shatrughan Sinha a dog

Dog comments are something politicians really need to stay away from.

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The dog analogies from the BJP just don’t seem to end. Earlier, VK Singh had chosen the most importune time to talk about dogs, when while discussing the death of two Dalit children said: “If someone throws a stone at a dog, you will hold the government responsible.” Now BJP’s Kailash VIjayvargiya has likened rebel BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha to a dog.Speaking to ANI, he said in a video in Hindi, that a dog often thinks the car is walking with him but that’s not the case. He said: “Jab gaadi chalti hai,kutta niche chalta hai,Kutta samajhta hai gaadi mere bharose chal rahi hai-Kailash Vijayvargiya,BJP on Shatrughan Sinha”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after BJP’s big defeat in Bihar, disgruntled MP Shatrughan Sinha that those responsible for the loss should be taken to task. The actor-turned-politician, who caused embarrassment to the party in the run-up to Bihar polls, met JD-U leader Nitish Kumar and congratulated him for the victory of the Grand Alliance. “There should be action against those responsible. They should be taken to task and they should get lessons. As former Home Secretary and party leader RK Singh has said, responsibility should be fixed and those responsible for this loss should draw lessons even if action is not taken,” he told reporters after meeting Kumar. Quizzed about his meeting Nitish being in defiance of the party line, he said it should not be viewed as such as he had met the Bihar chief minister in a spirit of healthy politics. He also cited the example of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other BJP leaders wishing Kumar on his victory. Asked whether the party was considering action against him, he said, “I have no such information or news. I have done nothing that I should feel or realise that there should be action against me. But, still, if someone wants to take action against me, I cannot stop it. (Read: Traitor SRK’s soul is in Pakistan)Earlier, Vijayvargiya, a BJP general secretary and a former state minister of Madhya Pradesh, said Shah Rukh’s “soul” is in Pakistan though he lives in India, a day after the actor said there is “extreme intolerance” in the country, adding his voice to the protest against the ‘climate of intolerance’.The comments by Vijayvargiya and Sadhvi Prachi, a controversial Hindutva leader, came notwithstanding the refrain of top BJP leaders in the recent weeks that insensitive comments should be avoided by partymen. Vijayvargiya is one of the party strategists for the Bihar Assembly elections.”Shah Rukh lives in India, but his soul is in Pakistan. His films make crores here but he thinks India to be intolerant,” Vijayvargiya said in a series of tweets amid mounting concerns over the “climate of intolerance” in the country. “If this is not anti-nationalist, then what is it. India is making a bid to become a permanent member of the United Nations and all the anti-Indian forces including Pakistan are creating a conspiracy,” he said. (Read: How SRK exposed the right-wing)The BJP leader alleged that the attempt to create an “environment of intolerance” in the country is part of the conspiracy. “Shahrukh’s comment about intolerance points that he is matching the tunes with Pakistan and anti-Indian forces,” he said. “Today when the entire world is respecting India, talking about increase in intolerance makes the country weak in front of the world.” Vijayvargiya said that when the entire world is respecting India, talking about increase in intolerance makes the country “weak” in front of the world.The BJP leader also posed a question to Shah Rukh over blasts in Mumbai. “When hundreds of people died in the 1993 blast in Mumbai, then where was Shah Rukh Khan. When Mumbai was attacked in 26/11 attacks, then where was Shah Rukh Khan,” he added. Sadhvi Prachi while terming Shah Rukh as a “Pakistani agent” said he should be sent to that country.”Shah Rukh Khan is an agent of neighbouring coutry Pakistan as he reflects their (Pakistan’s) ideology. Such a man should go to Pakistan,” she said while talking to reporters in a court complex in Muzaffarnagar. Turning 50 yesterday, Shah Rukh came out strongly against what he called “extreme intolerance” in the country, saying intolerance towards creativity and religion will hurt the country. “There is intolerance, there is extreme intolerance… there is I think… there is growing intolerance,” he said. “It is stupid… It is stupid to be intolerant and this is our biggest issue not just an issue…Religious intolerance and not being secular in this country is the worst kind of crime that you can do as a patriot,” he added. “If there is intolerance to creativity, intolerance through religion, we are taking away every step that the nation is taking forward,” he said.
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Disgruntled BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha meets Nitish, heaps praises; says can’t stop party from acting against him

On being asked if he thinks the party leadership will take action against him, Sinha said he has no such information.

A day after BJP crashed to a humiliating defeat in the Bihar assembly elections, disgruntled MP Shatrughan Sinha met Nitish Kumar and praised him for a victory. Heaping praises on the Janata Dal (United) leader, Sinha said that Nitish Kumar would be a strong Chief Minister.The Mahagathbandhan won 178 seats in Bihar, a commanding two-third majority in the 243-member assembly. The Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies had to settle for a mere 53 seats.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Speaking to media, he said, “A tested and successful Chief Minister has been elected by the people of Bihar. I might even visit Lalu as we are good family friends and we keep going to each other’s houses from time to time,” he said.On being asked if he thinks the party leadership will take action against him, Sinha said he has no such information. “I have not worked against the BJP in any way. If they want to take action against me, I can’t stop the party.”Earlier, asserting that his meeting with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was nothing more than a ‘friendly’ visit, Sinha had said that there was nothing objectionable in the meeting as they were ‘good, old’ friends.”It’s just a friendly visit, nothing political and no one should try to measure personal relations as political ties. Even Prime Minister Modi and Sushil Modi wished him. Don’t take my friendship with Nitish in other way and I must insist that there is no agenda to my meeting,” Sinha told the media.After BJP’s debacle on Sunday, Sinha had termed the grand alliance’s victory as “victory of democracy” and took a swipe at the top party brass, saying the issue of “Bihari versus Bahri” has been settled once and for all.In another tweet, he said,

Narendra Modi announces Rs80,000 crore package for Jammu and Kashmir

This is the highest package announced by the centre for Jammu and Kashmir in the last 25 years. Earlier record of highest financial assistance was the Rs24,000 crore economic reconstruction package announced by former PM Manmohan Singh in 2004.

Supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend his rally in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday

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You may call it a Diwali gift — Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced a massive development package of Rs80,000 crore for the flood-devastated Jammu and Kashmir. The package, according to the state government, is in addition to around Rs35,000 crore being spent on the upgradation of Srinagar-Jammu National highway. It will also be over and above Rs30,000 crore normal annual plan assistance for Jammu and Kashmir. This is the highest package announced by the centre for Jammu and Kashmir in the last 25 years. Earlier record of highest financial assistance was the Rs24,000 crore economic reconstruction package announced by former PM Manmohan Singh in 2004.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> “The Rs 80,000 crore package is not the end. It is just the beginning. I have done what I have said. Not only Delhi’s coffers are for you but this heart too belongs to you”, said Modi, evoking loud cheers from the crowd at Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium. Elaborating, Jammu and Kashmir finance minister Haseeb A Drabu said around Rs 60,000 crore has been earmarked for new infrastructure projects in the state sector while around Rs 7,000 crore will be used for ongoing projects. Around Rs 8,000 crore has been earmarked for humanitarian relief including the rehabilitation of flood-affected people. Prime Minister said his government is working for “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas” and therefore, it was essential for the development process to reach all parts of the country. “I have to bring those days back when people from all parts of India used to save money to visit the state. Besides tourism, attention is being given to products like Pashmina, apples and saffron: Their branding, packaging, quality control and technological involvement. We are also focusing on skill development”, he said. Invoking Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Modi said the former prime minister’s three mantras of insaniyat, Kashmiriyat and jumorhat (humanity, pluralistic culture and democracy) are key to development in Jammu and Kashmir. “When Atal ji was talking of democracy, had anybody visualised that people would give a boost to the process in so little time by participating in the Lok Sabha and assembly polls in huge numbers… India is incomplete without Kashmiriyat, the Sufi traditions which are the unifying force. Progress of Jammu and Kashmir has to be based on Insaniyat (humanity),” he said. Prime Minister said Jammu and Kashmir had suffered a lot due to floods but seeing the spirit of the people he was convinced that the state would soon overcome the difficulties. “My mother used to give me Rs1 or Rs5 or at the most Rs11 during my birthday. Last year I was surprised when she gave me Rs5,000 and told me to give it to the flood affected people of Kashmir”, he said. Main opposition National Conference however was not impressed saying Modi has repeated the mistakes by ignoring the political realities of Jammu and Kashmir. “Chief Minister after talking to Prime Minister had said a historic speech is in the offing. I am sorry Rs 80,000 crore is not historic speech. Historic means you move away from the beaten track, which did not happen… Plus Vajapyee used the words (insaniyat, Kashmiriyat and jumorhat) in the context of dialogue, reaching out to Pakistan and trying to address the basic problem of J&K”, said Omar Abdullah, former chief minister. Congress too hit out at the Prime Minister saying the package is a mere eyewash and a political gimmick to appease his coalition partner in J&K.”Keeping people under siege for four days just to pretend that the Prime Minister’s rally was successful, is far from the reality. It was ironical that thousands of non-locals were hired for participating in the PMs rally”, said GA Mir, J&K state Congress president.

Sheena Bora murder case: Judicial custody of Indrani Mukerjea extended till Nov 20

“The judicial custody of Mukerjea, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyam Rai is extended till November 20,” ordered Magistrate RV Adone.

A Metropolitan Magistrate court in Mumbai extended the judicial custody of Indrani Mukerjea–prime accused in the Sheena Bora murder case–and two others till November 20 after their week-long remand ended on Saturday.”The judicial custody of Mukerjea, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyam Rai is extended till November 20,” ordered Magistrate RV Adone. The court also allowed CBI to interrogate Indrani and Khanna till November 17. Earlier, the court had granted permission to quiz all the three accused in jail till November 7 (today).<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Public Prosecutor Kavita Patil moved an application and told the court that certain documents need to be “confronted” and (Indrani’s) voice samples are yet to be taken. Indrani, on November 3, had given her consent for voice sample test to be conducted on her.The CBI had earlier moved an application before the magistrate seeking her voice samples saying that it had got hold of some call recordings which purportedly featured her voice, and therefore a verification was needed. On October 31, the trio was remanded to judicial custody till November 7.Indrani, Khanna and Rai were arrested in August on the charge of murdering 24-year-old Sheena and disposing off her body in a Raigad forest in April 2012, about 84 kms from Mumbai. Sheena was allegedly strangled in a car, then her body was burnt before being dumped in the forest.Indrani was recently hospitalised after her platelet count dipped drastically. However, doctors at JJ hospital had later made it clear that she had not contracted dengue as suspected. Earlier, on October 2, Indrani was taken to JJ from Byculla womens’ prison in an unconscious state, fuelling speculation that she had overdosed on anti-depressant drugs.But the probe by Inspector General (prisons) ruled out the possibility of drug overdose, poisoning or suicide bid. On October 6, the 43-year-old was discharged and sent back to jail.

Desecration of holy book: Two ‘accused’ brothers released

Earlier, the brothers alongwith their family members and activists of Sikh organisations, including hardliners had claimed that the two were falsely implicated by police in the sacrilege case.

Hardliners had claimed that the two were falsely implicated by police in the sacrilege case (File Photo of Punjab protest)

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Two brothers arrested in connection with a recent incident of sacrilege here were released on Monday, with police now saying there was not enough evidence against them, a day after the case was handed over to CBI by the Punjab government. Their release came after Punjab police moved an application under Section 169 of CrPC (deficient evidence) in the court of Judicial Magistrate Satish Kumar here. “We don’t require their judicial custody, but they will remain part of the probe,” ADGP IPS Sahota said.Rupinder Singh and Jaswinder Singh, brothers of Panjgrain Khurd village, were arrested by police in connection with the first incident of sacrilege of holy book at Bargari village in Faridkot that had triggered protests by Sikhs and hardliners across Punjab. Shivkartar Singh, advocate of both the brothers, said police had moved an application before the court here stating that they don’t have sufficient evidence against the duo. “Both the brothers have been released from the Fardikot jail this evening,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier, the brothers alongwith their family members and activists of Sikh organisations, including hardliners had claimed that the two were falsely implicated by police in the sacrilege case. After their arrest, police had claimed foreign hand behind the incident of sacrilege with connections linked to Australia and Dubai.Meanwhile, Sahota said “the investigation was under process.”

MARD starts ‘selfie with docs’ campaign

Through this initiative the organisation also aims to achieve another purpose.

In an attempt to strengthen the doctor-patient relationship in the light of increased attacks on doctors, Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctor (MARD) has decided to start a new initiative ‘selfie with doctor’.Through this initiative the organisation also aims to achieve another purpose — helping schizophrenia patients whose relatives have abandoned them and there’s no one to take care of such patients.MARD has appealed the people to upload a selfie along with your doctor, who treated you at some point of time. Anyone can post the picture on MARD’s facebook page ‘Hall of shame: Save doctors from assaults’ and for every picture posted from November 1 to November 30, MARD will be donating Rs100 for the care of schizophrenia patients.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The idea behind this campaign is that general people will know about the problems being faced by the doctors and it will help sensitize people to fight this menace of violence against doctors. Also by clicking a selfie with a doctor, it will help strengthen the bond between the doctors and patients.This money will be donated for the mentally disabled people so that they actually benefit and we do our bit to fulfill our social responsibility, said a doctor.”Since July 19, attacks on doctors have gone up in different parts of the state. Now, this is a time for some serious introspection for both, doctors and patients, and most importantly the government, who seems to be indifferent about the issue. I have started the selfie movement with myself, who treated a 60-year-old man for memory and sleep problems,” said Dr Sagar Mundada, president central MARD.He added: “The money will be collected from the resident doctors’ salaries. Earlier, we used to give money to the chief minister’s fund for drought-affected people. This time we will be donating Rs100 per selfie. Now, if the number of selfies is 200, then it’s Rs 20,000 and if we get around 2,000 selfies then it will be Rs2 lakh. We will be donating this money directly to schizophrenic patients..many of whom have been abandoned by their families.”

Govt won’t function on basis of religion, caste: Rajnath Singh

“Targeting the Prime Minister or the government is beyond my understanding, but we are open to hearing suggestions,” he added.

Earlier today Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also reiterated the government’s stand that ‘intolerance’ was not on the rise in the country and asserted that India remains a highly tolerant and liberal society.

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Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday asserted that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA Government won’t function on the basis of religion or caste, but on the basis of ‘humanity and justice’. “Whoever thinks intolerance has increased in the country, should give us their suggestion and the government will surely consider that. Our government will not function on the basis of caste or religion but on the basis of humanity and justice,” Singh told the media here.”Targeting the Prime Minister or the government is beyond my understanding, but we are open to hearing suggestions,” he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Also read- Full Text: PM Modi has been the victim of intolerance since 2002 writes Arun Jaitley Earlier today Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also reiterated the government’s stand that ‘intolerance’ was not on the rise in the country and asserted that India remains a highly tolerant and liberal society. “There are many who have never intellectually accepted the idea of the BJP being in power. This obviously includes the Congress, many left thinkers and activists. Over decades they have practiced ideological intolerance towards BJP. They wish to project India as an intolerant society but the truth is otherwise,” Jaitley said in his Facebook post.

Rising Intolerance: Modi government must start dialogue, says Nobel laureate Kaylash Satyarthi

“The need of the hour is that the government sit with these people and listen to their point of view at least,” he added.

“But I wish the government soon breaks the monologue and starts dialogue with an open mind,” he said.

Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi on Thursday said intolerance is on the rise and there is a “dialogue deficit” between the government and its people. “There is significant intolerance in our society. Not only intolerance but fear and apathy has also risen in the society at large which is dividing it. “This situation is prevailing because there is dialogue deficit between the government and some sections of the society, which should be resolved as soon as possible,” Satyarthi told PTI on the sidelines of an event held at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) here. “Not only in India but the rising intolerance is a worldwide phenomenon. But I wish the government soon breaks the monologue and starts dialogue with an open mind,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When asked what was his opinion on litterateurs, film makers and scientists who were returning their awards, he said, “whatever is happening is not a good sign”. “The need of the hour is that the government sit with these people and listen to their point of view at least,” he added. Earlier, while addressing a gathering of students and social workers at TISS, Satyarthi expressed concern on the way people were educating their children on matters of religion. “Our children have not made religion or caste. They should be taught in a way that binds the different followers of different religions but unfortunately its not happening,” the Child Rights activist said.”We should be proud of being humans first. We ought to have dignity of being an Indian, but it doesn’t mean that we should hate Pakistan,” he said. “If we have simplicity, austerity, quest for learning and nature to forgive someone’s mistake, then there is child alive inside your heart…never let this child die,” he appealed.

Chhattisgarh: Naxalites kill two, torch 29 vehicles

As per reports, 60-70 armed Naxalites cordoned off at Chargaon mines and set ablaze the vehicles, including three JCBs, two tippers and trucks.
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Naxalites killed two people and set ablaze as many as 29 vehicles in separate incidents in Chhattisgarh on Friday.In Rajnandgaon district, Maoists killed two villagers, whom they had abducted from from inter-state border with Maharashtra while they were returning to their native Kherketta village. While at Chargaon mines in Kanker District, Naxalites on Thursday night set ablaze 29 vehicles and fired several rounds of gunshots at security forces.As per reports, 60-70 armed Naxalites cordoned off at Chargaon mines and set ablaze the vehicles, including three JCBs, two tippers and trucks. As per reports, panic-gripped villagers fled from their houses.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maoists have stepped up violence during the last one month in Chhattisgarh, setting ablaze vehicles in tribal Bastar region. On Thursday night, the rebels poured petrol and set ablaze five vehicles at Gumda village where the work on double line of railways was in progress.In another incident, Maoists set ablaze a passenger bus on National Highway near Bhopalpattanam in Bijapur district. Earlier, Maoists had caused extensive damage to 36 vehicles engaged in road construction work on the national highway. Maoists have been using this tactics to unleash terror and to stall the ongoing road construction activities and other development works in the region.

HC quashes order to carry out CAG audit of discoms, Kejriwal to move Supreme Court

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said that the HC order is a “temporary setback” for the people of the national capital and he is “committed” to provide cheap electricity to people

The AAP government will move the Supreme Court against the Delhi High Court order on Friday quashing its decision to get the accounts of three private power distribution companies audited by Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said that the HC order is a “temporary setback” for the people of the national capital and he is “committed” to provide cheap electricity to people. “Delhi HC order is a temporary setback for the people of Delhi. Delhi government will soon file an appeal in SC. “I am committed to providing cheap electricity to people of Delhi. Our fight will continue (sic),” Kejriwal said in a series of his tweets.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier in the day, the Delhi High Court quashed the AAP government’s decision to get the accounts of three private power distribution companies audited by the CAG. “We have allowed the petitions of the discoms,” a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice R S Endlaw said while clarifying that the entire audit process carries out so far as well as the draft report of the CAG would be “non-est” and would have no bearing any more.A senior government official said that on April 17, 2014, Supreme Court had made it clear that wherever public money or resources are involved, CAG audit is “required”.CAG is a constitutional institution under Art 148 of the Constitution of India. Once it accepts reference for an audit, it must be respected, the official said. The discoms — Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd (TPDDL), BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd and BSES Yamuna Power Ltd — had challenged the AAP government’s decision on January 7, 2014, of ordering a CAG audit of their accounts. The discoms had also challenged an order of a single judge of the High Court, who had refused to stall the CAG audit.The single judge, in his January 24, 2014 order, had also asked the discoms to “fully cooperate with CAG in the audit process”. While allowing the discoms’ pleas today, the court dismissed a PIL filed by NGO United RWAs Joint Action (URJA) which had sought an audit of the discoms’ accounts by CAG. Earlier, the city government had told the court that a CAG audit of the private discoms here was necessary as these companies discharged “public function”.The discoms are a 51:49 joint venture between the private companies and the Delhi government. The government had said it was not trying to stop their (discoms) functioning or interfere in it, but was only trying to bring them under public audit, as 49 per cent stake in the discoms was held by the Delhi government which has also infused capital in these companies.

Ready to have a one-on-one debate with Modi: Nitish Kumar

Nitish Kumar attributed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “wild” allegation as part of the strategy to win some votes on communal lines to be in the race in the Bihar elections which, he claimed, the NDA has already lost.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday described as “non sense” the Prime Minister’s allegation that ‘grand alliance’ was plotting to take away 5% share in reservations for “a particular community”, saying it was the last-ditch effort to polarise votes on communal lines. Kumar also invited Modi for an open debate with him on development.”Since NDA has not declared anybody as its leader in Bihar and contesting the poll in the name of PM, I am ready to have a one-on-one debate with him on development…Let’s argue about Bihar model of development based on the principle of growth with justice with that of Gujarat model where maximum number of women are suffering from malnourishment and anaemia,” Kumar said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On reservation issue, Kumar said he was following the apex court’s ruling.”Reservation has been defined clearly by the Supreme Court which we are following earnestly…There is no fact in the PM’s allegation of us plotting to take away 5 per cent reservation in SC, ST and OBC and give it to a particular community,” Kumar told reporters in a strong riposte to the PM’s accusation.”Earlier, attempts in some states at giving reservation on the basis of religion were not allowed by the courts,” the JD(U) leader said.Kumar attributed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “wild” allegation as part of the strategy to win some votes on communal lines to be in the race in the Bihar elections which, he claimed, the NDA has already lost. Kumar addressed a press conference at JD(U) state headquarters to give a point-by-point rebuttal of PM’s accusation against him during rallies yesterday and today.He also trashed Modi’s attack against him over meeting a ‘tantrik’ (occultist), promise made by him in regard to electricity and also PM’s flouting his Extremely Backward Caste (EBC) root. Kumar, who is the face of grand secular alliance in Bihar, made fun of Modi and charged him with “changing his profile” in view of Bihar elections.”Earlier he was addressed as ‘vikashil PM’, then BJP President Amit Shah presented him as first OBC prime minister and now he himself is presenting himself as an EBC PM,” Kumar said.”Pata nahin Gujarat me EBC hai ki nahin (I don’t know if there is EBC category in Gujarat or not)?” he said sarcastically.On the controversy surrounding his meeting a ‘tantrik’, who is heard in the audio clip uttering ‘Lalu murdabad’ on the basis of which PM called Kumar ‘Lok-tantrik’, the senior JD(U) leader sought to play down the episode and said on the request of his party Legislator Neeraj Kumar he went to meet the ‘Aughar’ (occultist) at his residence in Patna.Moreover, the video clip based on recording made by a staff of the legislator is of 2014 and not a recent one as claimed, he said.”Our alliance with the RJD and the Congress took place much after this meeting… besides I am nowhere shown speaking anything or agreeing to what the tantrik was speaking,” he said.”I am ‘Astik’ (believer of religion) and feel proud in visiting temple and religious places of other faiths…but about those who says ‘Kasam Ram ki Khate hain mandir wahi baneyege par tarikh nahi batayenge’ (We take a vow in name of lord Ram that temple would be built at the same place but would not reveal the date when it would be done),” Kumar said in order to turn the tables on BJP over Ayodhya issue.On the PM mentioning a JD(U) minister caught on camera taking money and another JD(U) MLA also figuring in another sting, the Bihar CM “JD(U) took action immediately but about BJP leader from whose men nearly Rs 2 crore was seized?” Kumar was apparently referring to recovery of about Rs 2 crore at Patna which was alleged to be of now Union minister of state Giriraj Singh.He also trashed PM’s accusation of JD(U) voting against women reservation bill and said, “JD(U) had voted in its favour in Rajya Sabha when the Bill had come during time of Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda.” Kumar accused Narendra Modi, who is star campaigner of NDA in Bihar poll, of “distorting” facts to attack rivals.”He is heard asking people about by promise on electricity. I dare him to produce an audio cassettee where I am saying that if I fail to provide electricity in every household I will not come to seek vote in 2015,” he said.Kumar said while speaking at Independence day function in 2012 “I had said that if I fail to improve electricity condition I will not come to seek vote.””Hasn’t power condition improved. Bihar had power supply of 700 MW which has increased to nearly 3200 today,” he said.He alleged the Centre has substantially reduced fund allocation for popular schemes like MGNREGA, Indira Awas Yojna and Sarv Siksha Abhiyan launched by A B Vajpayee.On PM mentioning BJP victory in Ladakh council to claim wind was blowing in favour of the party, Kumar asked him to also speak why poll for local bodies could not take place in his home state Gujarat due to law and order problem.

CBI case against sacked Delhi Minister Asim Ahmed Khan; searches conducted

Earlier this month, the Environment and Food and Supplies Minister was sacked by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over charges of corruption and the case was referred to CBI.

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A case has been registered by CBI against former Delhi Minister Asim Ahmed Khan in connection with a case of alleged bribery. Acting on a complaint received from the Delhi government, the agency registered the case and also carried out searches at three residential premises of the AAP MLA.”It was alleged in the complaint that there was demand and acceptance of illegal gratification of Rs six lakh from a builder by the minister for allowing him to construct a building in violation of building bye laws,” CBI spokesperson Devpreet Singh said.She said raids were conducted today at two places here and one place in Noida at Khan’s premises and a private person which led to recovery of certain incriminating documents.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier this month, the Environment and Food and Supplies Minister was sacked by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over charges of corruption and the case was referred to CBI.

Hardik Patel moves Gujarat HC, seeks scrapping of 2nd sedition FIR against

This is the second FIR against Hardik where he has been accused of sedition (under section 124-A of IPC).

Hardik’s lawyer said, the report was only aimed at suppressing the agitation of the Patel community for reservation in OBC category.

Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel, arrested by the city crime branch on the charges of sedition and waging war against the government, on Monday filed a plea in the Gujarat High Court seeking to have the FIR against him quashed. The petition, filed by his lawyer B M Mangukia, said the First Information. Report was vague and was only aimed at suppressing the agitation of the Patel community for reservation in OBC category. His actions did not amount to sedition or waging war against the government, it said. The plea is likely to come up for hearing tomorrow.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This is the second FIR against Hardik where he has been accused of sedition (under section 124-A of IPC). Earlier, Surat police had booked him for sedition for allegedly advising a Patel youth to kill policemen rather than committing suicide. His petition seeking to scrap that FIR is already before the High Court. Ahmedabad police’s crime branch filed a fresh FIR for sedition against Hardik and five of his associates after taking his custody from Surat police. As per the FIR, Hardik and others allegedly incited the people to resort to violence after the Patel community’s massive rally here on August 25. In a related development, the High Court today issued a notice to Gujarat government on petitions of three close aides Hardik’s — Chirag Patel, Ketan Patel and Dinesh Patel — who too have sought to quash the same FIR.Justice JB Pardiwala issued the notice to the state government and adjourned the hearing to October 29. These three and Hardik are currently in the custody of city crime branch.

Jammu and Kashmir: Pakistan Rangers resume firing along LoC in Samba, says BSF

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Pakistani Ranger on Saturday resumed unprovoked firing along the Line of Control in the Samba sector of Jammu and Kashmir. The rangers started firing about 9.15PM using small arms, said BSF sources. According to reports, intermittent firing from the Pakistan side is on, while Indian forces are retaliating heavily. Earlier, firing by the Pakistani troops had begun on Friday night continued into early Saturday morning. The firing began at 8.00 pm on Friday and continued till 2.00 am on Saturday to which the BSF retaliated heavily.Total of nine posts of the Border Security Force (BSF) were targeted in the firing and the affected areas also included areas between Basantar and Tarna rivers. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Also read: Pakistan continues firing along International Border overnight, one killed

Will quit if CM Kejriwal proves I am corrupt: Delhi top cop BS Bassi

Earlier in the day, Bassi advised the AAP government to focus on its “own work” and let the police do theirs.

Bassi said that Kejriwal himself has not been able to keep his cabinet free of corruption.

Taking exception to claims by a study that the Delhi police was the most corrupt, city’s top cop BS Bassi on Tuesday said that he will quit if Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal proves that he is involved in corruption. “I will resign from my post if the Chief Minister proves that I am involved in corruption,” said Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi. His comments come in the wake of Kejriwal’s tweets citing a new survey on corruption, that Delhi police was the most corrupt.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier in the day, Bassi advised the AAP government to focus on its “own work” and let the police do theirs. “The six ministers in the AAP government are facing a tough time fighting corruption; so, they have a lot of work to do,” he said, adding that “the government should focus on its own work and let the police do theirs”.Citing the CMS survey, Kejriwal stepped up the attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he should “stop being stubborn” and hand over Delhi Police and the Anti-Corruption Branch to AAP government. “Shocking findings CMS survey 2day-Del police (under Modiji n his LG) most corrupt- scathing attack on Modiji’s capbilities n intentions (sic). “Modi ji stop being stubborn, work with us. Hand over ACB and police to Delhi Government. We will deliver in a year,” the Chief Minister said in a series of tweets.In an interview to a television channel yesterday, Bassi said that Kejriwal himself has not been able to keep his cabinet free of corruption. “Delhi police, with 85,000 personnel under it, ensures that the department is corruption free and in cased where officials were found involved in corruption, we have dismissed them and even lodged cases against them,” Bassi said. “He (the CM) is running a cabinet and he must have realised that it is very difficult to even keep six cabinet members free of corruption,” he said, adding that it now appears that the man who was determined to end corruption has failed to do so with regard to his own cabinet.Referring to the AAP Government’s proposal to set up a parallel police system, Bassi called it “unconstitutional” and a “laughable claim”, adding that such ideas reflect inadequate knowledge of law of the land.

On Durga Puja, President Mukherjee hits out at rising intolerance in India

He said: “Our collective strength must to be harnessed to resist evil powers in society. Indian civilization has survived for 5000 years because of its tolerance. We have a Constitution that accommodates all these differences. Hope Mahamaya – the combination of all positive forces would eliminate the Asuras or divisive forces.”

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Speaking in Birbhum, West Bengal, Pranab Mukherjee asked: “Is tolerance and acceptance of dissent on the wane?” The official handle of President of India tweeted: “Remember teachings of Shri Ramakrishna Paramhansa ‘Jato Mat Tato Path’ As there are a number of beliefs, there are a number of ways. Humanism and pluralism should not be abandoned under any circumstance. Assimilation through receiving is a characteristic of Indian society.” He said: “Our collective strength must to be harnessed to resist evil powers in society. Indian civilization has survived for 5000 years because of its tolerance. We have a Constitution that accommodates all these differences. Hope Mahamaya – the combination of all positive forces would eliminate the Asuras or divisive forces.” <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier, President Pranab Mukherjee said the core values of diversity, tolerance and plurality of Indian civilisation must be kept in mind and cannot be allowed to be wasted, in remarks that come against the backdrop of the Dadri lynching over rumours of beef eating.OO”I firmly believe that we cannot allow the core values of our civilization to be wasted and the core values is what over the years the civilization celebrated diversity, promoted and advocated tolerance, endurance and plurality. These core civilization values keep us together over the centuries. Many ancient civilizations have fallen. But that is right that aggression after aggression, long foreign rule, the Indian civilization has survived because of its core civilizational values and we must keep that in mind. And if we keep those core values in mind, nothing can prevent our democracy to move,” he said.

Beef ban row: Manohar Khattar says his words were twisted, willing to apologise if anyone hurt

Earlier Indian Express reported Khattar as saying that Muslims can stay in India if they are willing to forgo eating beef.

Hours after reports emerged of Manohar Lal Khattar saying Muslims can live in India if they give up eating beef, the Haryana CM has denied making any such comments on Friday.Speaking to news agency ANI, Khattar said that his words were misconstrued and twisted.Following massive social media backlash, veteran leader Khattar said,He further added that their ideals are based on secularism and they divide in united society. Earlier Indian Express reported Khattar as saying that Muslims can stay in India only if they are willing to forgo eating beef. Khattar was asked about the unfortunate Dadri incident, where Mohammad Akhlaq was beaten to death by a group of men over suspicion of cooking beef at home. Haryana CM while calling the incident ‘wrong’ and said that it was due to misunderstanding. According to him, both sides made mistakes in the incident and virtually blamed Akhlaq. Khattar claims that the victim made a loose comment about cows which incited the mob, who subsequently attacked him.According to IE report, Khattar tried to rationalise the lynch mobbing and said that the incident was like that seeing close family member getting hurt or attacked, where one loses their sense of balance and anger gets the better of people.According to Haryana CM, democracy has its limitation and freedom of expression doesn’t mean one can hurt sentiments of other people. He was quoted as saying, “Eating beef hurts the sentiments of another community, even constitutionally you cannot do this. The Constitution says you cannot do something that offends me, I cannot do something that offends you.” The Haryana CM said that Muslims can retain their faith even if they stop eating beef. He said that nowhere is it written that Muslims or Christians have to eat beef.According to the report, Khattar considers steps taken by the government to ban cow slaughter as one of his achievements.

Google Gaffe: When Narendra Modi became India’s first Prime Minister

Earlier, when you searched Top 10 Criminals or World’s Stupidest Prime Minister, you’d end up with pictures of current Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Sometimes, search engine giants Google’s features end up in embarrassing gaffes. Earlier, when you searched Top 10 Criminals or World’s Stupidest Prime Minister, you’d end up with pictures of current Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.A similar blunder seems to have occurred now in which if you search for ‘India’s first Prime Minister’ you end up with a picture of Narendra Modi instead of Jawaharlal Nehru. This is thanks to Google’s direct answers feature which was first announced in Jan 2013, and saves people the hassle of clicking on a webpage to know the answer they need.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>
So in this first answers feature, if you search symptoms of heart disease, you will get a picture with info from WebMd:Discomfort, pressure, heaviness, or pain in the chest, arm, or below the breastbone.
Discomfort radiating to the back, jaw, throat, or arm.
Fullness, indigestion, or choking feeling (may feel like heartburn)
Sweating, nausea, vomiting, or dizziness.
Now this can often lead to embarrassing results. Earlier, when you searched: “Who runs Hollywood?” The answer you got was ‘Jews’!Similarly, closer home if you search CM of Bihar, you get a picture of former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi. Also, instead of Mamata Banerjee you get a picture of Jyoti Basu (former West Bengal CM), while in Akhilesh Yadav’s stead we see the picture of Charan Singh (former PM and former UP CM).

This isn’t the first Google gaffe concerning Narendra Modi. Earlier, when you searched ‘Top 10 Dangerous Criminals’, you’d get pictures of Dawood Ibrahim and Al Capone which disturbed the Narendra Modi’s fans on the internet. This led to Google apologising to the PM. Similarly, sometimes, when people searched for World’s Stupidest Prime Ministers, they’d end up with pictures of Narendra Modi along with other leaders like British CM David Cameron (thankfully without any accompanying pig images thankfully) and former Australian CM Tony Abbot.Google said: “These results trouble us and are not reflective of the opinions of Google. Sometimes, the way images are described on the internet can yield surprising results to specific queries. We apologise for any confusion or misunderstanding this has caused. We’re continually working to improve our algorithms to prevent unexpected results like this.” (Read: Why Google thinks Narendra Modi is world’s stupidest PM)

PM Modi pays rich tribute to APJ Adbul Kalam, calls him ‘rashra-ratna’

Earlier, he also paid tribute to Kalam on his 84th birth anniversary through a tweet.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday unveiled a statue of former president APJ Abdul Kalam at DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organization) Bhavan in New Delhi. Prime Minister Modi also inaugurated a photo exhibition on the late president.Addressing the program, Modi said, ” The loss of Dr.Kalam is monumental, I am sure its a challenge for all of us to keep us with his absence. Dr.Kalam was first a “rashtra-ratna”, then he went on to be the President. Govt has acquired land in Dr.Kalam’s birthplace to build a memorial for him. We want it to be an inspiration for the future generations. Dr.Kalam was a person who didnt look for opportunities but challenges.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier, he also paid tribute to Kalam on his 84th birth anniversary through a tweet.”Today, we salute A P J Abdul Kalam and celebrate his monumental achievements as a scientist, scholar and the President of India. We fondly remember his passion for teaching and education. Dr. Kalam truly ignited young minds with the power to think and innovate. Dr. Kalam is not with us today but his thoughts, ideals and vision for India live on forever,” Modi tweeted.Bharat Ratna awardee Kalam passed away on July 27, 2015. He was the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. Before becoming the President, Kalam had spent four decades as a scientist and science administrator, mainly at the DRDO and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), earning him the title of ‘Missile manWith ANI inputs

Gujarat: Common man stands up to govt apathy, offers to sell body organs for rebuilding school

After repeated plea asking for funds to rebuild wall of a primary school went unanswered, head of management committee of a school in Panchmahal district has decided to take an extreme step.

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At a time when the government is pledging ambitious schemes to spruce primary education sector in the country, unfortunately the reality often is starkly different . After repeated plea asking for funds to rebuild wall of a primary school went unanswered, head of management committee of a school in Panchmahal district has decided to take an extreme step. He has offered to sell his kidney and eyes to raise funds, reports a leading daily. Gopal Patel, the person who has made such generous offer for his school was quoted by the daily as saying that he has met 28 functionaries, but to no avail. All of them said that there were no fund. Owing to lack of wall, dogs often enter the school premises and there is a real fear that kids might get attacked. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Patel says that he wants to do this donation for the sake of children in his village. Earlier he was not taken seriously by the administration, who he said mocked him as an ‘intellectual person’. Now with this story making headlines in the press, local authorities have finally responded to the problem. District Primary education office has asked to competent authorities to get funds for this school as a special case.

Shobha De privilege motion case: Courts can’t interfere in assembly matters, says Maharashtra government

Bapat held a press conference soon after the SC’s directive that the state assembly can’t take any coercive action against De over her tweet criticising a state government order on Marathi films.

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Soon after the apex court’s directive that the Maharashtra legislative assembly can’t take coercive action on socialite-author Shobhaa De, the state government sought to assert its independence by saying that courts can’t interfere in legislative assembly matters.”Courts can’t interfere in Parliament and legislative assembly matters and vice versa. The honorable Supreme Court had given a ruling in this regard way back in 1962 in the case of Keshav Singh versus UP government. Judiciary and legislature are independent,” Girish Bapat, minister for parliamentary affairs and food and civil supplies told media persons in Mumbai on Wednesday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bapat held a press conference soon after the SC’s directive that the state assembly can’t take any coercive action against De over her tweet criticising a state government order on Marathi films.When asked about government’s stand on action against De, Bapat added, “We have not taken any action against De. We had just sought an explanation from her. She hasn’t replied yet. Let her explanation come. We will take a call after that.”Earlier, a notice had been issued after a Shiv Sena lawmaker Pratap Sarnik demanded a privilege motion against De and an apology. After De filed a petition, SC put the notice on hold. ‘Centre is looking at e-sale of drugs’As druggists across the state kept their shops closed in protest against e-sale of drugs at cheaper rates, Bapat said the Centre is already looking at the issue and the state feels that it must be resolved soon by bringing in a law in this regard. He also said government-controlled medical shops sought to manage the situation during the strike and that the government had requested drug retailers to end their strike by 6pm so that people don’t suffer. No solution for skyrocketing prices of pulses?When asked about the government’s remedial action against rising price of pulses, which are now selling at Rs180-200 per kg, Bapat said his department is gathering details about acerage where pulses have been sown this year. Regarding import of pulses to bring down price and meet demand, Bapat said the decision is pending at the Centre. “If the Centre imports, the state too will get its quota.”

Supreme Court gives relief to Teesta Setalvad, grants interim bail till December 5

Setalvad’s husband Javed Anand has also been granted relief till the next hearing in the case.

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In a big relief for Teesta Setalvad, Supreme Court has extended interim bail granted to her in fund embezzlement case lodged by Gujarat police till December 5.Setalvad’s husband Javed Anand has also been granted relief till the next hearing in the case.Teesta moved to the Supreme Court after Gujarat High Court refused to grant anticipatory bail. SC has asked Teesta and her husband to adhere to conditions imposed by Bombay HC while granting them relief. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>SC has also sought response from Teesta Setalvad, husband on CBI’s plea for cancellation of their anticipatory bail in FCRA violation case. The Supreme Court had on Monday termed as “mistake” its earlier order extending interim protection from arrest granted to Teesta Setalvad and her husband, indicating that the relief was granted by a two-judge bench earlier instead of three.”Earlier, it was a mistake,” a bench comprising justices A R Dave and Adarsh Kumar Goel observed when senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the activist, said the protection against arrest was expiring on October 15 and moreover, last time this two-judge bench had itself extended the relief.”It is a three-judge bench matter… place it before the appropriate bench,” the court said and asked Sibal to mention it before the Chief Justice for making available the special bench to extend the relief.With agency inputs

Kejriwal warns party MLAs, Congress says AAP reaping fruits of what it has sown

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has called a meeting of all MLAs, with their families, on Sunday evening.

The Congress Party on Saturday criticised the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), saying that the party has brought in MLAs on alleged monetary considerations, and hence, is reaping what they had sown earlier.”All this is surprising now, because what we are hearing and what we have seen in the past, Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav, Anand Kumar, all senior leaders of AAP, when they raised objections and leveled accusations on the selling of tickets during Delhi elections, they were brushed aside,” Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) chief Ajay Maken told ANI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> “They (AAP) have sown what they reap by bringing in MLAs who were perhaps given tickets because of monetary considerations,” he added “Whatever they have sown, they are reaping that. Seriously, they should revisit all the MLAs to whom they have given tickets, allegedly on monetary considerations and should take immediate corrective steps right now,” he further said. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has called a meeting of all MLAs, with their families, on Sunday evening. In a tweet, Kejriwal said he would remind the MLAs why they joined politics and warns them that Asim Khan episode should not happen again. Earlier on Friday, Kejriwal sacked the Food Minister Asim Ahmad Khan from his cabinet following a complaint of bribery. He said his government will not tolerate any kind of corruption and strict action will be taken against those found guilty.

Supreme Court takes exception at arguments against Haryana’s new panchayat poll law

What kind of argument is this? These arguments are for somewhere else and cannot be raised before the court,” a bench comprising Justices J Chelamesar and A M Sapre said, adding “please advance arguments on proposition of law and Constitution”.

Supreme Court on Wednesday took exception to the argument that those who have defaulted in paying electric bills should not be barred from contesting panchayat polls on the ground that MPs and MLAs were not restrained despite owing huge sums to various service providers.”What kind of argument is this? These arguments are for somewhere else and cannot be raised before the court,” a bench comprising Justices J Chelamesar and A M Sapre said, adding “please advance arguments on proposition of law and Constitution”.The court’s observation came when advocate Sanjay Parekh, appearing for NGO PUCL, was assailing the Haryana Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Act, 2015 which, besides fixing minimum educational qualifications for candidates of panchayat (village administration) polls, restrains people from contesting if they have defaulted in paying electric bills.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It is totally arbitrary. How can it be that if a person, who has not been able to pay electricity bills, will be a bad ‘sarpanch’,” the lawyer said and referred to the huge unpaid such bills of MPs and MLAs. Assailing the provision of minimum educational criteria in the amended Haryana law, another lawyer said the state was punishing the poor for its own failure to provide education as the people do not choose not to be educated.The court would on Thursday continue its hearing on pleas challenging various criteria including fixation of minimum educational criteria by the recent amendment in the state election law for candidates to contest panchayat polls. Earlier, the apex court had stayed the amended provisions of the law and sought the state’s reply in four weeks.The amended law fixes matriculation as essential qualification for general candidates contesting panchayat elections, while the qualification for women (general) and Scheduled Caste candidates has been fixed at Class VIII.However, in case of a woman candidate belonging to SC category contesting election for the post of Panch (panchayat head), the minimum qualification would be Class V.The lawyer for the petitioner had said that 83 per cent of Dalit women and 71 per cent women in general and 56 per cent men would be excluded from contesting the panchayat polls by this law, which affected fundamental rights of the candidates.

Watch: Lalu Prasad Yadav dubsmashing Narendra Modi is the funniest thing on the internet today

RJD’s Lalu Prasad Yadav took to dubsmash to mock the Prime Minister.

While Narendra Modi might have been the first politician to use social media properly, Lalu Prasad Yadav has to be the first one to use dubsmash to mock his rivals. Ahead of the Bihar polls, the politician put up a video on Twitter which showed him dubsmasing some of Narendra Modi’s popular phrases. ​While this isn’t the first time that Narendra Modi has turned up on Dubsmash, it’s certainly the first time that someone used the medium to mock him. This isn’t the first time Lalu mocked Narendra Modi. Earlier, mimicked Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s oratorical skills while giving a speech in Patna. Mimicking Modi’s speech in Patna, the former Bihar Chief Minister mocked Modi’s style of speaking and his last speech in Patna. Lalu Prasad Yadav questioned the way PM Modi announced the Bihar package. (Read: Lalu Prasad mocks Narendra Modi)Earlier, Lalu had said: “Narendra Modi has given a new low to the standards of a prime minister. People are looking at him as a joke now,” Prasad said in a tweet. The Prime Minister should ask his friend Amit Shah what else he has learnt in addition to falsehood, mis-campaign and dividing people from the jail.”

World can now see consequences of Pakistan occupation in PoK: India

Earlier this week, a video went viral showing Pakistani establishment using brutal force on those protesting against the government in several areas of Pakistan occupied Kashmir .

“It looks like the veil which the Pak Army and ISI had put on this region is finally lifting,” govt officials

India on Friday said the video showing Pakistan’s brutality in the PoK has lifted the “veil which the Pak Army and ISI had put” and the world can now see the “real and horrific consequences” of Pakistani occupation. Senior government sources also rejected Pakistan’s claim that the visuals were doctored and that it was a propaganda of the Indian media. “Familiar Pakistani tactic to blame everything on India. The camera does not lie. The images are quite graphic,” they said.Earlier this week, a video went viral showing Pakistani establishment using brutal force on those protesting against the government in several areas of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), including Muzaffarabad, Gilgit and Kotli. Reacting sharply, the sources said, “It looks like the veil which the Pak Army and ISI had put on this region is finally lifting, allowing the world to see the real and horrific consequences of Pak occupation.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>However, commenting on the video, Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry had said, “It’s a propaganda. Pakistan has always raised the voice for the Kashmiris. Whole world is watching how Pakistani flags are being raised in Kashmir (Indian side). “From our side it will only be political, moral and diplomatic support for them and that we will continue to extend but there is no answer for the propaganda.”

Dalit man attacked with axe, burnt to death for trying to enter temple in UP

In a shocking incident, a 90-year-old Dalit man was attacked with an axe and set on fire for attempting to enter a temple. The incident occured in Hamirpur in Uttar Pradesh. The man died of his injuries.

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In a shocking incident, a 90-year-old Dalit man was attacked with an axe and set on fire for attempting to enter a temple. The incident occured in Hamirpur in Uttar Pradesh. The man died of his injuries.According to Hindustan Times the victim, identified as Chimma, had gone to the Maidani Baba temple with his wife, son Durjan and brother on Wednesday evening. As they approached the temple, they were stopped by a man named Sanjay Tiwari.Tiwari attacked Chimma with an axe and set him on fire when the latter refuse to stop entering the temple. Earlier, the accused had warned several other Dalits against entering the temple but to no avail, reports HT.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The incident took place in the presence of several other devotees in Bilgaon, a village on the boundary between Hamirpur and Jalaun districts located 140km from Kanpur.However, Tiwari was soon nabbed by the people and handed over to the police. Tiwari was allegedly drunk when he attacked Chimma.Two aides of Tiwari have been named in the police FIR and are on the run, reports HT.

FIR against writer KS Bhagwan for ‘hurting religious sentiments’

Earlier on Wednesday, a man working as a hostel warden and priest was arrested at Hubballi in north Karnataka for allegedly making threat calls to Karnataka Sahitya Academy for choosing KS Bhagwan for annual Honorary Awards for Lifetime Achievement for 2013.
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An FIR against rationalist free-thinker and writer​ KS Bhagwan was filed on Wednesday in Mangalore for hurting religious sentiments. Earlier on Wednesday, a man working as a hostel warden and priest was arrested at Hubballi in north Karnataka for allegedly making threat calls to Karnataka Sahitya Academy for choosing KS Bhagwan for annual Honorary Awards for Lifetime Achievement for 2013. The arrested person was tracked down on Tuesday through the mobile phone used by him, police said on Wednesday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Following the announcement of the award, which will be presented to Bhagwan and others on November 7 in Dharwad, Sahitya Academy had complained about receiving a threatening call. Academy officials had also said they had received several abusive calls for choosing Bhagwan for the award, following which police had provided security to the literary body. Recently a letter threatening Bhagwan was delivered to his residence at Mysuru, which came close on the heels of the murder of another noted Kannada progressive thinker and scholar M M Kalburgi in Dharwad.Bhagwan had incurred the wrath of right-wing activists after he allegedly disparaged the Bhagawad Gita while speaking at a programme in Mysuru in February this year.

Helmets to be given to customers at the time of vehicle purchase: Madras HC

Chennai: Directing the centre to issue suitable direction to manufacturers of helmets for two wheelers to provide “helmet lock” as a component and not as an accessory, the Madras High Court on Tuesday said “two helmets should be given to people at the time of purchase of a vehicle.

Justice N Kirubakaran, whose order has led wearing of helmet mandatory in Tamil Nadu since July 1, also said celebrities too could be roped in to popularise the mandatory helmet rule.

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Underlining the relevant sections of Motor Vehicle Act, which mandated providing helmets to two wheeler riders, the judge asked the centre to ensure that two-wheeler manufacturers provide helmets conforming to the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).

If helmet is provided by the manufacturer, it will prevent use of sub-standard headgears, the judge said.

The judge, while accepting that there was a practical difficulty in safeguarding the helmet, said “a helmet lock will solve the apprehension of the people of losing helmets.”

Earlier, the state government had filed a compliance report giving details of the number of two wheeler accident cases registered, deaths (with/without helmet) and number of cases registered for non-wearing of helmets between June, 2015 and September 15, 2015.

On perusal of the report, Justice Kirubakaran observed that the number of deaths “drastically came down” from 582 in June to 498 in July.

The Union Ministry of Surface Transport had earlier submitted details regarding standard designs and details of helmets.

The judge posted the matter to October 13 for further hearing.

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Somnath Bharti should surrender, becoming an embarrassment for AAP: Arvind Kejriwal

Earlier on Tuesday, Delhi High Court rejected anticipatory plea of former Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti.

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In a fresh twist to the domestic violence case involving AAP leader Somnath Bharti, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has now urged him to surrender to police. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Arvind Kejriwal minced no word to condemn his party colleague Somnath Bharti. Earlier on Tuesday, Delhi High Court rejected anticipatory plea of former Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti. He moved Supreme Court for relief, but was no where to be found when police raided his place. “10-12 police personnel came looking for him an hour after the bail plea was rejected by the high court. They also snatched away our mobile phones and went through every nook and corner of the office,” an aide of Bharti alleged, adding he was approaching the Supreme Court immediately.That the former Law Minister was looking to exhaust all legal options was also made clear by AAP leader Ashutosh earlier on Tuesday.”(Narendra) Modi’s police should know that he (Bharti) has still got the rights to go and appeal in the Supreme Court,” he said.Joint Commissioner of Police (Southwest) Dependra Pathak accused Bharti of evading arrest.”We sent two police teams to Bharti’s office at Dwarka and residence at Malviya Nagar, but he was not present at either of the two. When we tried to call him up, his phone was also found to be switched off,” he said. Earlier, the high court rejected Bharti’s plea for anticipatory bail in the domestic violence case lodged against him by his wife Lipika Mitra, observing that the allegations against him were backed by “documentary proof”.Terming the allegations by his wife as “very serious”, Justice Suresh Kait said she has been tolerating his “cruelty” and “brutal assault”. Lipika had filed a complaint of domestic violence with Delhi Commission for Women on June 10 alleging that her husband had been abusing her since their marriage in 2010. She had also given a complaint to the police in this regard.Delhi Police then registered an FIR against Bharti under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 498A (cruelty towards wife), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapon), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 313 read with 511 (attempt to cause miscarriage without woman’s consent), 420 (cheating) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC. With agency inputs

Delhi dengue crisis: AAP leader apologises for controversial remarks on government hospital doctors

Government hospital doctors don’t have the audacity (aukaat) to refuse the dengue patients, he had said.

Delhi cabinet minister Sandeep Kumar on Saturday apologised for his controversial remarks that he had made against the government hospital doctors for refusing the dengue patients. “I apologise if anyone was hurt because of my comments. I did not mean to hurt anyone with my words. My comments were not for all the doctors, it was for the doctors who misbehave with the patients,” Sandeep Kumar said. Earlier on Friday, while addressing a meet of Dalit Muslim Ekta Conference, the Delhi minister stirred a controversy, saying the government hospitals don’t have the audacity to refuse the dengue patients. “The people in the government hospitals don’t have the audacity (aukaat) to refuse the dengue patients, we will cancel their licences. The doctors who refuse to admit the patients, we will take away their jobs,” Kumar said in the conference yesterday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The conditions of the government hospitals have improved after the Delhi Chief Minister and the cabinet ministers have started visiting the hospitals”, he added.Kumar further criticised state Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung and seven MPs of Delhi for not contributing enough in the state’s fight against the dengue. “Where has the Lt. Governor gone? Where are those seven MPs who were elected by the people of Delhi are? We are working tirelessly and they (MPs from BJP) are enjoying their foreign visits? he added.

Domestic violence case: Delhi court dismisses anticipatory bail plea of AAP leader Somnath Bharti

The Delhi court on Monday dismissed anticipatory bail plea of former Delhi Law minister Somnath Bharti in a domestic violence case.​

The Delhi court on Monday dismissed anticipatory bail plea of former Delhi Law minister Somnath Bharti in a domestic violence case.​Earlier, the court had dismissed an anticipatory bail plea moved by Bharti saying the application was premature since no FIR had been lodged against him then.Police on Thursday had registered an FIR against Bharti three months after his wife Lipika Mitra filed a case of domestic violence against him, levelling serious charges including that of “unleashing” dogs on her when she was pregnant.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The FIR was registered at Dwarka North police station under Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 498(a)(cruelty towards partner in marriage), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC.Following the registration of FIR, a Delhi court recorded the statement of Lipika before Metropolitan Magistrate Manu Goel Kharb in-chamber under Section 164 of CrPC.The latest FIR comes following four failed attempts of mediation between the former Delhi Law Minister and his wife and Lipika’s insistence on police action against him.Lipika had also filed a 26-page complaint with the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on June 10 in this regard alleging that her husband had been abusing her ever since their marriage in 2010.Lipika on Sunday d that she is ready to face any consequence if accusations made by her are proved wrong.In her complaint to police and DCW, Lipika alleged that there was a “persistent threat to her life” from Bharti. The couple has two children and Lipika lives separately in Dwarka along with the kids.

2006 Mumbai train blast case: Quantum of sentence to be announced on Monday

On July 11, 2006, a series of seven blasts was carried out over a period of 11 minutes on suburban trains in Mumbai, claiming 187 lives.

In this photograph taken on July 11, 2006, rescue workers search for bodies inside the mangled compartment of a blast affected local train at Mahim railway station in Mumbai.

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The Special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court on Friday has held 12 of the 13 accused arrested in 2006 serial train blast case guilty under UAPA, damage to public property, Railways act, Explosives Substances Act and the IPC. However, the one acquitted has been cleared of all the charges. The court will decide on the sentencing on Monday.On July 11, 2006, a series of seven blasts was carried out over a period of 11 minutes on suburban trains in Mumbai, claiming 187 lives. In the last nine years, the case witnessed countless twists and turns. In fact, the prosecution dropped many of its theories that it had relied on initially.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Defence advocates said, “Earlier, the prosecution had claimed that some people, who looked Kashmiri, had visited a shop to buy pressure cookers to put the explosives in. None of the arrested accused, however, looked Kashmiri. So they dropped the pressure cooker theory and said the accused had used a rexene bag.”According to the police, highly sophisticated explosives had ripped through the first-class general compartments of seven suburban trains, all headed towards distant western/northern suburbs. Two of the blasts – in Mahim and Borivali – took place while the trains were nearing the stations. The remaining took place in trains moving away from the platforms. The explosions were so powerful that they ripped the double-layered steel roofs and sides of each of the seven compartments, throwing injured and dead passengers out.At Mahim and Borivali stations, apart from the passengers in the compartment, the explosions killed and injured people waiting on the platforms and even those travelling by trains in opposite directions. A few panicked passengers had jumped off the trains on hearing the explosions, only to get killed under the trains on the tracks.The quantum of punishment will be announced on September 14, Monday, by the judge after hearing arguments of the both sides.

Supreme Court decides to frame guidelines for selecting govt lawyers

On September 1, the environment ministry had issued a notification naming 22 lawyers for NGT and later asked them for their resume and details of experience.

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Taking note of the environment ministry’s recent notification appointing 22 lawyers ‘without any merit or norm’ to defend the government in the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and its other branches, the Supreme Court on Monday decided to frame guidelines for empanelment of the counsel by the Centre and State governments.A bench headed by Justice TS Thakur asked Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, the second senior-most law officer of the Central government, to suggest a committee for selection of the lawyers for government panels.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>“There should be some methodology for through which the process of selection should be made objective. Should respective high court or the bar associations be consulted by the state governments while selecting the names?” the bench asked Kumar.On September 1, the environment ministry had issued a notification naming 22 lawyers for NGT and later asked them for their resume and details of experience.The bench was hearing a PIL, filed by a lawyer Pradeep Rapria alleging that Punjab and Haryana governments have appointed large number of lawyers on the basis of their political connections and meritorious lawyers were not considered.The court asked both the state governments to file the CAG reports in connection with this issue.In an affidavit, the Haryana government has told the court it has 183 law officers, who were engaged without complying with any norm and Advocate General as the only validated post of the law officer and all other appointments of additional advocate general, deputy advocate general and assistant advocate general cannot be held to be public employment. Earlier, the court slammed the Punjab government over appointment of law officers saying such appointments cannot be the act of “political appeasement” and must be transparent. Punjab has 174 law officers who were appointed without following any norms.Petitioner alleged a majority of the Law Officers (in the AG Office) are kith and kin of ministers, political leaders, senior bureaucrats, police officers and MLAs of ruling party in the state.

Rakesh Maria leaves city police, will continue to monitor Sheena Bora murder probe

The government was reportedly upset by Maria’s over-involvement in the murder case. By evening, however, the government further sprang a surprise, saying that even though Maria will no longer be in charge of the Mumbai police, he will continue to monitor the Sheena case.

Sheena Bora and Indrani Mukerjea

On Tuesday morning, the state government surprised everyone by shunting Rakesh Maria out as police commissioner and appointed him as Director General (Civil Defence and Home Guards). The government was reportedly upset by Maria’s over-involvement in the murder case. By evening, however, the government further sprang a surprise, saying that even though Maria will no longer be in charge of the Mumbai police, he will continue to monitor the Sheena case. Earlier in the day, Additional Chief Secretary (ACS), Home, K P Bakshi, maintained that Sheena Bora is just another murder case for the government, reportedly succumbing to media pressure. By evening, Bakshi released a fresh statement saying, “Sheena Bora murder case investigation will continue to be monitored by Rakesh Maria even after his elevation and transfer.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Bakshi also claimed that Maria’s transfer was not sudden and it was a routine one, which was due for a while. “No decision in the government is sudden. Maria’s transfer was due and the process was on for the last the 3-4 weeks. Director General Sanjeev Dayal and other senior officers were consulted before the final call,” he told dna. However, he admitted that the process was advanced by 22 days as the government did not want major changes to occur at the peak of the festive season. “It is routine practice for the home department to make promotions in September. If I would not have taken the CM’s approval yesterday, it would have got delayed by mid-September, as the CM is leaving for Japan tomorrow and that would have been too close to the festive season,” he said. Bakshi hinted that Maria himself preferred a comparatively relaxed profile. “Sometimes, officers who have served on posts with so much pressure want to move to a lesser hectic profile,” he said. Commenting on the appointment of Ahmad Javed, who is due for retirement in January 2016, Bakshi said that it has been done purely on the basis of seniority. “Javed is a very competent and senior officer and the selection has been purely on merit and seniority,” he added. Earlier in the day, Bakshi ,when repeatedly asked if the transfer has anything to do with Maria’s excess interest in the Sheena Bora murder case probe, said: “If an officer is taking too much personal interest in a case, it’s not the government’s job to say anything to him.” When asked if an officer with DG rank taking over the Mumbai commissioner’s post means the post has been upgraded to that rank, Bakshi said it’s a temporary arrangement. “On several occasions, posts and ranks have been interchanged to suit the requirement not only in Maharashtra but all over the country,” he said.

NIA brings LeT operative held in Udhampur attack

Earlier, the anti-terror agency had arrested Khursheed Ahmed, who ferried the terrorists to Jammu on two occasions.

He is said to be an overground worker of LeT (File Photo of NIA in J&K)

Showkat Ahmed Bhat, arrested by NIA in connection with last month’s Udhampur terror strike on a BSF bus that left its two personnel dead, was brought here this evening for a scientific analysis of his statements and will be subjected to a lie detector test. A resident of Pulwama in south Kashmir, Bhat was placed under arrest on September one by NIA which is probing the case in which two Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists from Pakistan attacked a BSF bus in Jammu’s Udhampur and killed its two personnel. One of the attackers identified as Mohammed Noman alias Momin was killed in retaliatory fire, while another Mohammed Naved Yakub was captured alive by villagers and handed over to the police.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bhat will be produced before a court tomorrow for seeking permission for carrying out the polygraph test on him at the central forensic science laboratory, official sources said. He was in the custody of Jammu and Kashmir police immediately after the terror strike on August five and was booked under sections of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Arms Act. NIA said 36-year-old Bhat was allegedly involved in transporting a group of four LeT terrorists–Mohammad Naved Yakub, Zhargham alias Mohammed Bhai, Abu Okasa and Noman from Baba Reshi in Baramulla district to south Kashmir soon after they had infiltrated India from PoK.He is said to be an overground worker of LeT. Earlier, the anti-terror agency had arrested Khursheed Ahmed, who ferried the terrorists to Jammu on two occasions.

Sheena Bora murder case: Mumbai Police questions Siddharth Das

Kolkata: Mumbai Police interrogated Siddharth Das, who was in a relationship with Indrani Mukerjea, at his Durganagar residence in northern fringes of the city this evening in connection with Sheena Bora murder case.

According to officers of the Dum Dum police station, three officers of Mumbai Police reached Das’ residence at around 8 pm and questioned him, which was on till late this evening.

Sheena Bora's father Siddharth Das. ScreengrabSheena Bora's father Siddharth Das. Screengrab

Sheena Bora’s father Siddharth Das. Screengrab

“Whether Das will be arrested or detained, depends on the Mumbai Police. They are trying to dig deep into Das’ role, if there is any, in the murder case,” a senior police officer said.

On whether Mumbai Police was contemplating interrogating Das in the presence of Indrani, the officer said “that could be a probability. They sought our help and we are extending all possible assistance.”

Siddharth Das has claimed to be Sheena Bora’s biological father. Earlier in the day, a Mumbai Police team seized a laptop and papers related to bank accounts and investments of Indrani Mukerjea’s former husband and co-accused Sanjeev Khanna in the Sheena Bora murder case from his residence in Hastings area in the southern part of the city.

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Kerala: Drivers burns crackers before casualty wing to celebrate Onam

Earlier, a nurse had been transferred and a doctor slapped with a showcause notice after the alleged conduct of ‘onam sadya’ at the operation theatre.

Earlier, a nurse had been transferred and a doctor slapped with a showcause notice after the alleged conduct of ‘onam sadya’ at the operation theatre.

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A week after a controversy triggered on the alleged conduct of Onam ‘sadya’ (feast) in an operation theatre at the government Medical College Hospital in Thriruvananthapuram, some private ambulance drivers burnt crackers in front of the casualty wing of a taluk hospital as part of Onam revelry, police said. The District Medical Officer and Superintendent of the hospital on Saturday sought an explanation from the doctor on duty regarding the incident at Kayamkulam in the district as it kicked up a row.Drivers of some private ambulances burnt the crackers along with their friends before the casualty wing last night throwing patients and bystanders into a tizzy, they said. Some of the scared bystanders and children even cried aloud when the crackers went off unexpectedly, they said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier, a nurse had been transferred and a doctor slapped with a showcause notice after the alleged conduct of ‘onam sadya’ at the operation theatre in the government Medical College Hospital in state capital as part of the Onam celebration on August 22.Besides serving feast, a floral carpet was also laid in the operation theatre to greet the staff, including doctors, as part of the celebrations on that day.

Govt has ‘wonderful’ schemes, but nothing on ground: Supreme Court

Government of India has wonderful laws, ideas and schemes but the things are different on the ground

The apex court also expressed concern over non-filling up of vacancies, including for the post of Chairperson of NCPCR

The Supreme Court on Friday pulled up the government for the mismatch between the “wonderful” welfare schemes for children belonging to lower strata of society and their implementation, saying the ground reality was “completely different”. “All the ideas you have seems OK. Government of India has wonderful laws, ideas and schemes but the things are different on the ground,” a social justice bench comprising justices Madan B Lokur and U U Lalit said. The observations came while Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed the court about the schemes which the government has formulated for the welfare of children. The ASG said the government had introduced a scheme named Sabla in 2010-11 on a pilot basis, which was being implemented in 205 districts across all states and union territories.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sabla aims at all-round development of adolescent girls of 11-18 years by making them “self-reliant”. The scheme has two components of nutrition and non-nutrition with the former aiming at improving the health and nutrition status of the adolescent girls, the latter addresses their developmental needs. “It is a wonderful scheme but what is happening? You people do a lot of work, make plans but what happens? Ground realities are completely different,” the bench said.The apex court also expressed concern over non-filling up of vacancies, including for the post of Chairperson of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), despite its directions. Earlier, the court had slammed the Centre for its “casual” approach towards missing children and imposed a fine on it for not complying with its directions like providing the status of such children across the country. Referring to the statutory provision on vacancies, it had said the Chairperson of NCPCR and its members were required to be appointed within 90 days of the posts falling vacant.

Patel quota row: Gujarat HC slams police, says they transgressed law

What about the police atrocities and what actions you intend to take against the errant officers?, said Guj HC (File Photo)

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The Gujarat High Court on Friday slammed the state police on the Patel quota violence saying they transgressed the law by committing atrocities on people and told the government that restoration of peace should be on high priority. The two judge bench of acting Chief Justice Jayant Patel and Justice N V Anjaria while admitting a PIL directed the state government to place a report on what actions it has taken against errant policemen. “The state must make police aware about their powers. What about the police atrocities and what actions you intend to take against the errant officers? Females were also beaten by male officers. Police should not transgress the law,” the court sought to know.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The PIL filed by city-based Prakash Kapadia sought court’s direction to the state government to control the situation and to take steps against police personnel claiming they had committed atrocities on people after widespread violence broke out in Gujarat due to arrest of the Patel community leader agitating for OBC quota, Hardik Patel. “Restoration of peace (in Gujarat) should stand high on priority,” the court told state home secretary P K Taneja who was summoned.The state government submitted that it proposes to take action action against the errant officers. The court then directed the state to report to the court what action it plans to take on September 3, next date of hearing. The high court said that there should be no shielding of police personnel. Earlier today, the High Court asked the home secretary to remain present in the court to clarify the state’s actions in connection with the PIL.The petitioner had demanded immediate actions by the government as the festival of Rakshabandhan is on August 29. Following the court’s direction, home secretary Taneja appeared and filed the state government’s reply stating actions taken by them to restore peace in the violence hit Gujarat.